tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS July 11, 2016 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT
captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: three more officers shot. this time it's at a courthouse in michigan. also tonight, a dallas surgeon's plea for peace. >> black men dying, being forgotten, people retaliating against people who are sworn to defend us. we have to come together and end all this. >> pelley: the dallas police chief defends using a robot to kill the gunman. >> he was asking us how many did he get and he was telling us how many more he wanted to kill. >> pelley: and a video game comes to life. >> this is the most walking i've done all summer. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
>> pelley: this is our western edition. three more law enforcement officers have been shot today, this time at a courthouse in southwestern michigan. two are dead. the shooter has been killed as well. mai martinez of our cbs chicago station wbbm has the latest. >> reporter: the shooting started in the middle of the afternoon at the berrien county courthouse about 100 miles northeast of chicago. sheriff paul bailey broke the grim news. >> about 2:25 we had a disturbance on the third floor of the courthouse. a person has shot two bailiffs. they are both deceased. >> reporter: just four days after the dallas shootings, the country's nerves scraped raw, at least two more law enforcement officers were dead and another was fighting for his life. a county official says this time the shooter was an inmate being taken to the county jail when he grabbed the bailiff's gun and started shooting.
>> the fight took place outside the holding cell at the courthouse as they were getting him out of the holding cell. they secured the door, and then the inmate started fighting with the deputy and bailiff, and that's when the gun was able to be taken away. he was trying to escape and that's when he fatally wounded the two bailiffs. >> reporter: at least one sheriff's deputy was injured and transported to the hospital. >> reporter: michigan state police are handling the investigation. meantime the injured deputy and civilians are being treated at lakeland medical center here in st. joseph. scott, right now there is no official word on their conditions. >> pelley: mai martinez of wbbm. thanks, mai. president obama and former president george w. bush will speak tomorrow at a memorial service in dallas for the five officers murdered last week.
nine others were wounded. today we learned that the killer had bigger plans and manuel bojorquez is in dallas. >> reporter: a law enforcement source tells cbs news micah johnson had hundreds of rounds of ammunition attached to his body when he carried out the attack, an indication he meant to kill more people. 13 officers used force against johnson, 11 fired their weapons, and two used a robot to detonate a bomb to kill him. today dallas police chief david brown defended that decision. >> he was telling us how many more he wanted to kill. this wasn't an ethical dilemma for me. i'd do it again. i'd do it again to save our officers' lives. >> reporter: investigators believe johnson appeared to be planning an even larger attack. but saw an opportunity to ambush officers after a protest against police brutality thursday night. a search of his dallas-area home
revealed bomb-making materials, metal pipes of different length, chemicals, rifles and body armor according to a source. the gunman's father james johnson spoke to "the blaze." >> i love my son with all my heart. i hate what he did. >> reporter: his mother, delphine johnson, said the army veteran's time in afghanistan changed him. >> the military was not what micah thought it would be. >> it disappointed him. >> he was very disappointed, very disappointed. >> reporter: at today's news conference, chief brown said this about the expectations placed on law enforcement. >> every societal failure, we put it off on the cops to solve. not enough mental health funding. let the cops handle it. >> reporter: he acknowledged police also have work to do. >> leaders in my position need to put their careers on the line and make sure we do things right, not be so worried about keeping our jobs. >> reporter: he's done his job
through tragedies before. his patrol partner was killed in the line of duty in 1988. in 2010, his mentally ill son shot and killed a man and a police officer before police killed him. dallas officer bervin smith has known brown for 20 years. you've seen him through those times. what's that been like? >> i think it's strengthened his resolve to do his job and to persevere through that and stay on point and stick to his goals, be it popular or unpopular, and do what he thinks is right to help the citizens of dallas. i think that's just huge. it speaks to his character i believe. >> reporter: chief brown said today the investigation into thursday's shooting now involves reviewing 170 hours of police body camera footage and countless hours of surveillance video from downtown businesses. scott, investigators are also still trying to figure out why the gunman wrote the letters "rb" on a wall with his own blood.
>> pelley: manuel bojorquez, thanks. we were struck today by the words of dr. brian williams, a trauma surgeon at parkland hospital who spoke about trying to save the wounded and about race in america. >> i understand the anger and the frustration and distrust of law enforcement, but they are not the problem. the problem is the lack of open discussions about the impact of race relations in this country. and i think about it every day that i wasn't able to save those cops when they came here that night. it weighs on my mind constantly. this killing, it has to stop, black men dying and being
forgotten, people retaliating against people that are sworn to defend us. we have to come together and end all this. i do simple things when i'm out in public, when i see police officers eating at a restaurant, i pick up their tab. i even one time a year or two ago, i saw a dallas p.d. officer and i bought a dallas p.d. officer some ice cream. i want my daughter to see me interacting with police that way so she doesn't grow up with the same burden that i carry when it comes to interacting with law enforcement. and i want police officers to see me, a black man, and understand that i support you. i will defend you. and i will care for you. but that doesn't mean that i do not fear you. >> pelley: dr. brian williams. omar villafranca has more now on the lives that surgeons could not save. >> reporter: thursday's attack
in downtown dallas killed five people who had one thing in common: they all wore police uniforms. 32-year-old patrick zamarripa, 48-year-old lorne ahrens, 40- year-old michael krol, 43-year- old brent thompson and 55-year- old michael smith were killed by an assassin's bullet. sergeant smith spent almost three decades with the dallas police department and was only two years away from retirement. his nine-year-old daughter caroline remembers the last time she saw her father. >> well, he was leaving to go to work and i was leaving to go to the movies, and he said to me, "what if this is the last time you ever kiss me or hug me?" >> reporter: did he always say that? >> no. that was probably the first time he ever said that. >> reporter: was this kiss any different? >> yes. it was. >> reporter: how? >> it just felt like something bad was going to happen.
>> reporter: during the chaos, officers ran toward the gunshots, moving people to safety and protecting the injured. shetamia taylor was shot in the leg. several officers shielded her and her son from more gunfire. >> thank you. god bless you. and just thank you for setting yourself aside and covering us. so i just thank you and god bless you. >> reporter: the community healing process will continue tonight, scott. thousands are expected at a city-wide candlelight vigil. >> pelley: omar villafranca, thank you. the dallas killings were motivated in part by a fatal police shooting in baton rouge, louisiana, last tuesday. well, today a search warrant provided one explanation for why an officer shot alton sterling. according to the warrant, two officers saw the butt of a handgun in sterling's front pocket.
they say that sterling was shot when he reached for it. the justice department is investigating. since the shooting there have been nightly protests in baton rouge, mostly peaceful, but nearly 200 have been arrested for blocking roads. today law enforcement officials criticized president obama in a private meeting at the white house. they complained that he isn't expressing enough support for police. mr. obama said the lawmen were forgetting his past statements. the vice president was also in the meeting, and late today we asked joe biden about the ready availability of armor-piercing bullets. dallas' mayor has blamed them for penetrating his officers' vests. mr. vice president, the dallas officers were killed with armor- piercing rounds. why hasn't your administration restricted the sale of armor- piercing rounds through the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms & explosives? >> we've been trying to do that for a long time. do you remember first bill...
>> pelley: it hasn't happened, sir. >> i know it hasn't. the first bill to stop armor- piercing bullets was introduced by pat moynihan and me years ago. so what we get is the constant, constant, constant pushback from the gun lobby and the republican congress. >> pelley: what is the sporting purpose of armor-piercing rounds? >> there is none, zero, zero, zero, zero. >> pelley: what is the administration willing to do to restrict the sales of armor- piercing rounds now, after dallas? >> before dallas and after dallas, we're prepared to do everything we can to be able to do that and have it stick. >> pelley: sir, can you be more specific-- are you going to do something through the a.t.f.? is it going to be an executive action? >> well, there is a debate as to whether or not there is
authority under the executive action. i think we have the authority. and there is a concern that if, in fact, we go ahead and do it, what the response will be from the united states congress in a way that may be able to override a veto, but i'm not prepared to give you more detail at this moment except to say you are right about the total non- utility from a sporting perspective of armor-piercing bullets. and we are focusing on it. >> pelley: is it worth a try even if you face a veto? >> i've learned that i have a v in front of my name, vice president, but speaking for myself, i think it is worth a try. >> pelley: vice president biden, we're grateful for your time. thank you very much. >> thanks an awful lot. >> pelley: the republican national convention opens next monday, and today the party got to work on its platform.
julianna goldman is in cleveland. >> she's either a liar or grossly incompetent. >> reporter: as donald trump campaigned in virginia and railed against hillary clinton, republicans began gathering in cleveland, where trump is set to formally accept his party's nomination next week. >> lord, we know that it's truly only you who can make america great again, lord. >> reporter: but the first task at hand, settling on a platform that spells out the g.o.p.'s core beliefs, is already highlighting divisions between trump and party activists. >> i'm going to propose that we insert the language --. >> reporter: earlier today delegates took up issues like same-sex marriage and abortion, issues where trump has gone against the grain of republican orthodoxy. one of the more contentious discussions centered on transgender bathroom use. trump has said such individuals can use any bathroom at his properties. a federal judge today ruled in favor of delegates from virginia who want the right to vote for
someone other than trump, but, scott, the movement to deny trump the nomination here is still very much a long shot. >> pelley: julianna goldman covering cleveland for us tonight. julianna, thank you. still ahead on the "cbs evening news," the controversy over using a robot to kill the dallas gunman. and later in the broadcast, the hottest video game app of the summer.
>> pelley: today the dallas police chief defended the unprecedented use of a robot to kill the gunman who had shot 14 of his officers. here's kris van cleave. >> reporter: it took the dallas police bomb squad 15 to 20 minutes to rig the department's $151,000 bomb disposal robot like this one dallas police used last summer to detonate pipe
bombs inside a suspect's van with a pound of c-4 explosive used to kill micah johnson. police chief david brown was unapologetic about the decision to use the robot to kill. >> i would use any tool necessary to save our officers' lives. and i'm not ashamed to say it. >> reporter: but the unprecedented action by a domestic police department is a concern for peter asaro from the international committee for robot arms control. >> now the idea is out there, and just like i think is the case with many of these shooters where they get inspired by seeing other shooters, i assume that other police departments are going to adopt these kinds of tactics. >> i don't believe it's a killer robot. >> reporter: the montgomery county maryland fire and rescue department operates one of several bomb squads in the washington, d.c., area. it has several robots that can use explosives, a water cannon or high-powered air to disrupt suspicious devices. montgomery county fire chief scott goldstein. do you feel like these things save lives? >> these things clearly save lives. they can be repaired.
they can be replaced. you can't replace a highly trained and experienced member of the squad. >> reporter: by all accounts, the dallas police essentially jerry-rigged their robot to carry that explosive, and it was damaged in the blast. scott, it's important to note these robots are not autonomous. they are remotely controlled and driven by a person who sits inside that truck. >> pelley: kris van cleave for us tonight. kris, thank you. when we come back, hillary clinton answers the f.b.i.'s criticism of the way she handled e-mails as secretary of state. ♪
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clinton for her reaction. madam secretary, james comey, the f.b.i. director, concluded that you were "extremely careless" in handling classified information. how do you plead? >> well, i think he clarified that remark during his testimony yesterday, and i appreciated it, as i appreciate the very professional work that they and the department of justice did with respect to that specific question. >> pelley: secretary clinton's use of the word "clarified" in our interview suggested that director comey had walked back his criticism, but this is what he told congress. >> what's your definition of extremely careless, if you could go through that? >> i intended it as a common sense term. it's one of those kind of you know it when you see it sort of things, somebody who should know better, someone who is demonstrating a lack of care that strikes me as there's
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